Will cable card still work if I cancel TiVo?

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  1. congregator

    congregator New Member

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    I have a TiVo Bolt with cablecard and Comcast cable. I'm thinking about canceling TiVo, if I do will I still be able to watch my cable channels? Thanks.
     
  2. JoeKustra

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    Watch, probably. Record, unlikely. No guide. I assume you mean "cancel Comcast". If you cancel your TiVo, I don't know what that means. But if you cancel your TV service but keep your internet from Comcast, they will probably want you to return the card.
     
  3. congregator

    congregator New Member

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    No, I mean cancel TiVo. I don't want to get rid of cable just yet so wondering if the cable cards will still function with or without a TiVo subscription. I understand I won't be able to record or have a guide.
     
  4. vaquero

    vaquero Active Member

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    Can't you just cancel your Tivo service, then see what happens? If you don't like the results, you can start up Tivo service again. Also, if you cancel Tivo, they may make you an offer you can't refuse.
     
  5. congregator

    congregator New Member

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    Yeah I'll probably just do that. Just not at home atm and was wondering if anyone had already tried this. Thanks.
     
  6. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

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    Even though you wouldn't have guide data, I wonder if that would keep you from setting up manual recordings? So if you know your show comes on Mondays at 8 on channel 4, would not having the TiVo service prevent you from doing that?
     
  7. snerd

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    My addled memory from on old S2 was that without service, you have no guide data, but can still watch live TV and set up manual recording. YMMV.
     
  8. cwerdna

    cwerdna Proud Tivolutionary

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  9. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Bored TCF Club

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    lol. Welcome to TCF congregator, where many folks don't actually read your question before answering.

    You'd think with just a one-line question people would understand what you are asking. It is crazy.
     
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  10. congregator

    congregator New Member

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    :tearsofjoy::tearsofjoy:
     
  11. congregator

    congregator New Member

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    Update: I called and cancelled yesterday afternoon but as of this morning I still have TiVo service. Waiting.
     
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  12. schatham

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    I hope you disconnected the Tivo from the internet first. If not do it. You will still get about 10 days of guide if you do this. Also you should Max out your shows to fill the DVR.

    Yes the cablecard still works, just don't do any system changes like rerun guided setup.

    Your Tivo can still watch Live TV and shows already recorded after the guide runs out. You can also pause live TV.
     
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  13. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I don't think you will get any TIVO up dates to it's software either. Does TIVO send any type of signal to the unit to disable it when you cancel the service?
     
  14. schatham

    schatham Well-Known Member

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    Yes, that's why you should disconnect it from the internet first. That way it works for a few more weeks. Otherwise the guide and recording stop immediately.
     
  15. congregator

    congregator New Member

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    exactly when do they send the signal? I still have service and and have never disconnected from the internet. I was also just charged for another month which I was trying to avoid.
     
  16. schatham

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    Did they say it would cancel at the end of your billing period? Did you get a confirmation #?

    It usually cancels at the end of the billing period unless you push for them to cancel it now. Just disconnect the internet a day or so before your billing cycle ends.
     
  17. congregator

    congregator New Member

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    2 or 3 hours after I called to cancel I was billed for another month. Was not given a confirmation number, guess I'll have to call again.
     
  18. DVR_Dave

    DVR_Dave Well-Known Member

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    Log into your account at tivo.com and look under My Support. There should be a Case # for your cancellation request.
     
  19. LarryAtHome

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    Did you fulfill your service commitment? Might be an early termination fee.
     
  20. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

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    cable cards are not provided by Tivo, so why would you think they are tied to needing Tivo service for the cable cards to work
     
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